Team Rajasthan announced that Andrew McDonald would leave his post as head coach after they mutually agreed "to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure".

"Rajasthan Royals and its Head Coach Andrew McDonald have mutually decided to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure," the franchise said in a media statement on Sunday.

This development comes in light of McDonald’s less involvement in the recent Indian T20 League mini-auction, and talks of a new role for the Australian in one of the new reforms brought about by newly-appointed team director Kumar Sangakkara.

The inaugural champions also announced the appointment of Trevor Penney as the lead assistant coach for the upcoming season. The former Zimbabwe cricketer will now work closely with Sangakkara, captain Sanju Samson and the leadership team comprising spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahatule, fast bowling coach Rob Cassell and fielding coach Dishant Yagnik.

Penney, who has been currently working with West Indies for their white-ball teams, has been associated in a coaching capacity with other teams previously in the Indian T20 league, Caribbean Premier League, and Bangladesh Premier League.

Speaking on Trevor Penney's appointment, Sangakkara said, "He's very experienced and understands the game very well which I am sure will help contribute to the players' and squad's overall growth.

"I'm confident Trevor's appointment is going to set us on the right pathway and it will be wonderful to have him work with our squad,” he said.

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